The Joy of Z Axis: Creativity and Innovation through 3D Printing

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Presentation on creativity and innovation through 3D printing. Featuring the Printrbot Jr. V2 at the College of Business, San Francisco State University.

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The Joy of Z Axis: Creativity and Innovation through 3D Printing

  1. 1. The Joy of Z Axis Creativity and Innovation through 3D printing Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Information Systems
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  3. 3. 3D Printing ● Length (X), width (Y) and depth (Z) ● Icing on a cake. – Make a flower from butter and sugar icing.
  4. 4. 2D Printing ● Inkjet printers – Cartridge is X axis – Paper feed is Y axis – No depth. http://www.computershopper.com/var/ezwebin_site/storage/images/media/images/how-it-works-inkjet-printer/221000-1-eng-US/how-it-works-inkjet-printer.jpg
  5. 5. Add Z Axis ● Print using molten plastic ● Move print head up slightly ● Layer plastic ● Cooled plastic = 3D object
  6. 6. Industrial ● Fills up a small room ● $20,000 to $50,000 ● Used for prototyping ● Don't forget the ink! Production series from Stratasys
  7. 7. Hobby Market ● Plastic (the ink) costs $30 a kilogram
  8. 8. Question: How much would you pay for a 3D printer?
  9. 9. RepRap ● Replicating Rapid Prototyper ● Print a printer from a printer – 70% to 90% ● Self-replicating printers! ● http://reprap.org Watch the video:
  10. 10. MakerBot ● Early open source printer ● Became proprietary ● Acquired by Stratasys ● Printers range from $1200 to $7000 ● http://makerbot.com Cupcake
  11. 11. Printrbot at Kickstarter ● Goal of $25,000 ● Raised $830,827 on Kickstarter
  12. 12. Printrbot Bots ● http://printrbot.com
  13. 13. Parts ● Motors ● Bed ● Extruder ● Filament ● Threaded rods ● Smooth rods ● Pulleys ● Gears ● ...
  14. 14. Plastic ● ABS ● PLA ● Other
  15. 15. Tweaks ● Open Source => Lots of tweak'ability! ● Tweaks make it better. – http://printrbottalk.com – https://www.youtube.com/user/printrbot
  16. 16. Printrbot Jr. V2
  17. 17. Let's print!

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